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Our role in Nigeria’s 2015 elections – UK

The British Government on Friday denied the allegation that it conspired with others to ensure the defeat of former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, in the 2015 general election.
Rather, the British Government said its role in the elections was that of an impartial observer, who wanted a non-violent, credible election.
Jonathan had in a book: “Against the Run of Play,” by the Chairman of the Editorial Board of Thisday newspaper, Olusegun Adeniyi, alleged that the former British Prime Minister, David Cameron, connived with other world leaders, including former President Barack Obama of the United States of America, and other countries to push him out of office.
The United States of America has since denied the allegation that the country and Obama were part of those that backed President Muhammadu Buhari to defeat Jonathan during the election.
Reacting on Friday, the British High Commission in Nigeria in a statement signed by its Press and Public Affairs Officer, Joe Abuku, said the outcome of the 2015 elections was totally the decision of Nigerians.
Britain said the only role it played in the election was the engagement with Nigerians and their leaders prior to the elections to make it non-violent, free and fair.
It said: “Prior to the 2015 elections in Nigeria, the UK engaged with Nigerian political parties and their leaders to urge them to run a fair, non violent campaign and allow Nigerian voters to decide who their future political leadership would be. We congratulated President Jonathan on having handed over power peacefully in 2015 having lost the Nigerian Presidential elections.
“The elections were a credit to the Nigerian people and a truly historic moment for Nigerian democracy. This process further strengthened Nigeria’s democratic tradition.
“The UK welcomes the assessment of independent observers, including the EU, that Nigeria’s elections were largely peaceful and conducted in accordance with recognised international democratic norms, and that there was no evidence of systemic manipulation of the process.”